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Second-half explosion leads to FHS rout of No. 10 Owls, 35-7

Perhaps the confidence scale is off the charts for the Farragut High School football team.

A 28-0 second-half run against a Ooltewah team ranked No. 3 in Class 5A a few weeks ago — and a perennial East Tennessee power — gave the red-hot Ads a commanding 35-7 victory Friday, Oct. 14, on FHS Homecoming night at Bill Clabo Field. Admiral head coach Eddie Courtney began the post-game on-field huddle by telling his team, “What a great win ... you guys stepped up and made plays tonight ... it's a biggie.”

One of the FHS assistant coaches then shouted out, “Good job defense, you shut down the number one offense in the state.”

Improving to 7-1 overall, the Ads stay perfect in Region 2-5A at 5-0 with a Soddy-Daisy team ( 4-4 overall, 2-3 in the region) seemingly down significantly from last season coming to Bill Clabo Field Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on FHS Senior Night.

Ooltewah, ranked No. 10 in the state before its second loss, was victimized by five turnovers setting up 21 Admiral points in addition to a fumble at the FHS goal line late in the first half. The Owls fall to 6-2, 3-2 in the region.

Although the Owls outgained FHS 299-297, Courtney said the Ads “got physical with 'em" starting in the third quarter.,” adding that given Ooltewah's talent, “I'm surprised we got that many points.”

In addition to another highly effective performance by the FHS rushing attack led by the usual suspects, Nick Moore and Andre Sterling (getting most of FHS’s 171 rushing yards), the Farragut passing game clicked in key moments.

Quarterback Tyler Powell connected with wide receiver Marcus Huie for three third-down receptions that led to 21 points.

All three created excitement from blue and gray partisans: Huie’s “reach-back” reception setting up a 1-yard Moore TD run; Huie outleaping an Owl defender on a 14-yard touchdown pass and a 63-yard reception when Powell scrambled before finding his senior receiver near midfield.

Prior to Huie's leaping TD catch, which put the Ads up 21-7 with 1:41 left in the third quarter, "during that timeout we had called a slant,” Huie said. “Me and Tyler, we were just looking eye-to-eye to see if [the defender] was playing inside of me; we were going to throw the ball up and see what would happen. Tyler just made a perfect lob for me. Everybody knows I could jump.”

On the reaching back catch at the 1-yard line, :He made a great play, he's a great athlete,” Powell said. “If I'm in a desperate situation, he's the man I'm looking for.”

The coach added, “It was Marcus' night tonight, he did a great job. He ran his routes ... making adjustments on offense and defense.”

As for Powell, “I thought Tyler stepped it up tonight and made plays for us at quarterback,” Courtney said. “He's been very patient, stepped up in the pocket and made some good throws.”

Powell’s first TD pass went to tight-end/defensive back Lee Travis, whose 19-yard fingertip catch made it 7-0 with six seconds left in the first quarter.

Powell said the offense was “Well prepared for this game. We changed our run plays, teams were starting to catch up to us. Coach [Jim] Blake [offensive coordinator] had a good offensive scheme drawn up for this game and we just got it done.”

Huie added, “Our offensive line, I want to give credit to them for blocking," Huie said. "The whole second half was just all heart, and the 'O' line played with heart, blocking for Andre and Nick. ... and for giving Tyler Powell time to look for me downfield.”

Saying he challenged his offensive line “to get tougher,” Courtney said the offensive success of his Ads begins with a successful running game.

Defensively, “our kids are playing their positions, not trying to do anybody else's job ... we had some good hits tonight, I was proud of the way our kids hit and as aggressive as we were,” Courtney said.

A 45-yard OHS drive in the closing seconds of the first half ended with Zach Woods’ 10-yard TD pass to standout tailback Dwayne Caldwell with 25 seconds left.

Geoff Courtney’s interception and 31-yard return set up the go-ahead touchdown from the OHS 12 early in the third quarter. Moore scored from one yard out to make it 14-7.

Following a short Owl punt, the Ads only had to go 41 yards to make it 21-7. Sterling’s 29-yard run set up Huie’s leaping TD catch.

Travis had a critical interception snuffing an OHS drive

Powell’s 63-yard pass to Huie set up Sterling’s 22-yard TD run making it 28-7 with 8:32 left in the game.

T.J. Ensor recovered a fumble at the OHS 18, and following a 12-yard Sterling run the sophomore scored from the OHS 3.

Linebacker Shane Reveiz led in total tackles with 12, followed by linebacker Nick Reveiz with 11.

Huie also recovered a fumble, and nose guard Brent Harkins added an interception. Harkins matched Ensor, Brandon Besola and Zach Allen with seven tackles.

Saying his Ads have “Worked extremely hard on the kicking game, that's the thing that's helped us so much this year,” the coach praised punter Tony Milazzo, who averaged 47 yards per kick Friday. “I say it every week, man, he gives us great field position and kicks a good, high ball for us to cover.”


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